Cybersecurity Czar Richard Clarke to Keynote at HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum in Boston

Clarke Joins All-star Speaker Lineup at Premier Peer-to-Peer Forum for Healthcare IT Leaders

Portland, ME (PRWEB) September 09, 2015

HIMSS Media announced today that cybersecurity expert, bestselling author and former counterterrorism advisor Richard Clarke will keynote its Boston Privacy & Security Forum this December. Now extended to three days, the peer-to-peer event is designed to equip CISOs, CIOs and other senior healthcare IT leaders with business-critical solutions and best practices to safeguard their data from cyber space’s latest threats.

Having served 30 years in federal government—including 11 consecutive years counseling three United States Presidents on national security in the information age—Richard Clarke is an internationally renowned expert on counterterrorism and cybersecurity. Clarke served in the Pentagon, the State Department, the Intelligence Community, and the White House, then went on to act as an on-air consultant for ABC News for ten years, teach at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and write seven books, including the #1 New York Times best seller Against All Enemies. Today, Clarke is a leading consultant to industry and governments on cybersecurity, and no one is better positioned to illuminate the dark side of cyberspace and the risks it represents.

In our opening keynote on December 1, “Cybersecurity in 2015: From Theft to Destruction,” Mr. Clarke will discuss the evolution of cybercrime and other looming threats, including hacktivism, cyber-espionage and cyber-warfare—and outline what government, industries and individuals can do to defend against them.

He will be followed on December 2 by FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director James Trainor, who will provide an up-to-the minute overview of the healthcare cybersecurity landscape and review lessons learned from past FBI breach investigations. Renowned technologist Dr. Ron Ross, cyber security consultant to the federal government, will keynote Day 3, with his groundbreaking new paradigm for cyber resiliency.

“Cyber-attacks are growing more sophisticated all the time, and cybersecurity has to evolve with them,” says John Whelan, Executive Vice President for HIMSS Media. “Our goal is to create a conversation among the most informed, forward-thinking experts in healthcare IT—visionaries like Clarke as well as CISOs and CIOs from across the nation—so that we can provide our attendees with the most effective tools and strategies to protect their organizations.”

Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions, develop actionable solutions and tackle their most urgent privacy and security challenges through intensive panel discussions, case studies and intimate breakout sessions broken into 11 tracks. Topics to be addressed include preventing, detecting, responding to and recovering from a cyber-attack; human factors in privacy threats; managing risk through staffing and leadership; HIPAA compliance; mobile and medical device security; and more. For the full agenda, or to find registration and sponsorship information, please visit our website.

If you cover the healthcare industry, press and media passes are available to qualified individuals but space is limited. Contact Peggy Diab to receive your pass and to set up interviews with speakers or HIMSS Media representatives.


HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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